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Yasser Seirawan vs Aleksander Wojtkiewicz
Tilburg (1992), Tilburg NED, rd 2, Oct-12
King's Indian Defense: Six Pawns Attack (E77)  ·  1-0



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Jul-21-06  thatsmate: First! and a really great endgame play- I thought the queen just took the pawn, but I see how this is muc better.
Jul-21-06  dzechiel: Spotted bishop sac right away. It felt like a Monday or Tuesday to me. A very pretty ending by Seirawan.
Jul-21-06  RandomVisitor: After 51...Qg4+ 52.Kf2 can Black win the ending?
Jul-21-06  pebble767: I saw the Bishop sac and the knight fork; I wasn't expecting black to go for that line though because i really think it's winning for white. I only calculated deeper on the line where black takes the bishop with the queen, then I saw that white is taking both bishops which is totally lost for black.
Jul-21-06  Confuse: oh wow i saw the combination but i didnt notice the black pond in the corner promoting. despite that there was still a win! impressive
Jul-21-06  think: This puzzle was deceptively simple. I thought I had it just with Bxg6 Kxg6 Nh4+, but the real tough part of the puzzle comes after then, finding how to make the pawn queen.
Jul-21-06  ucbu: The bishop sacrifice is quite obvious.
Black can't capture with the queen or he'll lose both bishops so the knight fork is obvious too. Then I made a mistake thinking black can equalise by queening his pawn :( Did not see the the knight is in excellent position to cut off any blocking attemp.
Jul-21-06  Tariqov: Like most, i saw Bxg6+ and Nh4+ but couldn't find a way to win after ...a1-Q,until i saw the exchange of Queens followed with f7 when the promotion is unstoppable and i calculated the ending as won because of the extra b pawn.Nice puzzle.
Jul-21-06  chessmoron: <RandomVisitor: After 51...Qg4+ 52.Kf2 can Black win the ending?> Probably not, maybe a draw.

<Wojtkiewicz> May you rest in peace.

Jul-21-06  RandomVisitor: Looks like White missed a win with 47.Bxg6+!

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47...Kxg6 (47...fxg6 48.f7 is mate in a few) 48.Qg8!

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  al wazir: <RandomVisitor: After 51...Qg4+ 52.Kf2 can Black win the ending?>

51...Qh3+ 52. Kg1 (52. Kf2 a2! 53. Qxa2 Bd4+ 54. Nxd4 Qh2+) Qg3+ 53. Kf1/Kh1 Qxf3+ and black wins.

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  Eggman: <<Looks like White missed a win with 47.Bxg6+!>>

Strange. You'd think this would be child's play for Seirawan. Time pressure, perhaps? Indeed, it checks out:

1.Bxg6+ fxg6 2.f7 (threatening 3.Qg8#) Bh3+ 4.Kh1 and Black has nothing.

And indeed 1...Kxg6 2.Qg8+ Kf5 (2...Kh5 3.Qh7+ Kg4 4.Qh3+ Kf4 5.Qg3+ skewering Black's Queen) 3.Qh7+ Kf4 (3...Kg4 4.Qh3+ as above) 4.Qh2+ skewering Black's Queen again.

Well done RV.

Jul-21-06  whatthefat: I only saw as far as 54.Nxf5 - missing the beautiful trick 57.f7! to lure the bishop away from being able to access the a3-f8 diagonal - so I consider that a fail. A deep tactic, that requires a lot of lines to be checked in detail to actually play it over the board.
Jul-21-06  RandomVisitor: 50...Qd1 would have been much better and also would be winning.
Jul-21-06  asip87: 52. Bxg6+, wut a choice!
Jul-21-06  percyblakeney: Probably the fastest I've ever solved a Friday puzzle. Then I noticed the black pawn on a2 but soon saw that the solution worked anyway after the queen exchange on a1 (or 52. ... Qxg6 53. Qxd7+ followed by another queen check and Qxc3).
Jul-21-06  charms: I saw 52.Bxg6+ as it is the only move that makes sense in that position. Despite the length of the variation, it is easy to calculate through - the sidelines (Qxg6? etc) just lead to dead lost positions.
Jul-21-06  wolverine199: I was able to see the winning moves :), but i must admit that i didn't saw all the complications a few moves after it.
Jul-21-06  thirdeye: I saw as far as 53. Nh4+ then for some reason I only thought of 53...Kg6 54. Nxf5 a1(Q) 55. Qxa1 Bxa1 and forgot about 55. Qxd7+
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  jahhaj: <the sidelines just lead to dead lost positions> How does White win after 52...Qxg6 or after 53...Kf7? These possibilites were troubling me more than the game contiunation which I thought was quite straightforward.
Jul-21-06  charms: 52...♕xg6 53. ♕xd7+ ♔g8 54.♕c8+ with 55. Qxc3 is easy to spot; and 53... ♔f7 54. ♘xf5 a1=♕ 55. ♕xd7+ leaves white three pawns up, so it can't be bad. I admit that White is lucky not to get into a perpetual in this line. I think that after 55. ♕xd7+ ♔g6, 56. ♘g3 is the strongest continuation, 56...♔xg5? 57.♕f5+ ♔h6 58. ♕h5# or 56... ♕a/b2+ 57. ♔h3!, or 56... ♕a8+ 57. ♔h2!, winning. Tricky, though.
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  jahhaj: <Charms> Thanks, I can't believe I didn't see 54.Qc8+. I think I must have mentally queened the a pawn already so I thought the Bc3 was protected.

In the other line it was the possibility of a perpetual that was worrying me. Still Black's king looks even more exposed than White's.

Jul-21-06  greensfield: Like most people got 52.Bxg6+ straight away and 52...Kxg6 line. Is it more difficult for white if now 52...Qxg6?
Jul-21-06  TheBB: That was a beauty. Didn't get it though.
Jul-21-06  Richerby: Just spent a few days working from home so today feels like a Monday -- I couldn't understand why the puzzle was so hard!
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